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Navarro injured in collision, carted off field

Mar 20, 2010, 5:26 PM EST

navarro warm-up.JPG5:26pm: Topkin hears that Navarro has only a bruised nerve in his left leg and should be fine for the start of the season.  He’ll sit out the next two or three days of camp.

2:07pm: According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays catcher Dioner Navarro was injured in a collision at home plate on Saturday afternoon and had to be carted off the field.  He looked to be in a considerable amount of pain and was motioning toward his left leg while trainers attended to him. 

If Navarro has some kind of break or deep bone bruise and is forced to miss the start of the season, Kelly Shoppach will likely handle catching duties all to himself for the early part of April.

Navarro, 26, had a miserable .218/.261/.322 batting line last year with eight homers and 32 RBI in 376 at-bats.  He badly needs a bounce-back season and was off to a 6-for-13 start in Grapefruit League play this spring.  Shoppach, 30 in April, was brought over from Cleveland in early December for a player to be named later.  He batted .214/.335/.399 last year with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 271 at-bats.

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